Story: Geomorphology – a history

Otago peneplain (2nd of 2)

Otago peneplain

The almost flat land in much of central Otago is the remains of an ancient peneplain – the final stage of erosion, when mountains have been reduced to a plain near to sea level. Charles Cotton studied at Otago University, and his knowledge of the Otago peneplain influenced his ideas on landscape evolution.

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Rebecca Priestley, 'Geomorphology – a history - Key theories: 1880s–1940s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 April 2024)

Story by Rebecca Priestley, published 24 Sep 2007